Smartphone Apps, Watches Benefit Kids With ADHD

Children with ADHD may benefit from using smartphone apps that help them achieve their day-to-day activities and get going in the morning Smartphones, digital calendars, and apps aren’t just helpful for the ordinary person trying to maintain a work and personal life schedule.

Researchers believe that in addition to helping old and working-age people, smartphone apps can aid children and young people with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

For the past year, researchers from SINTEF in Norway tried out these different technologies among four kids with ADHD. They hoped it could help the children keep
appointments, complete tasks, and remember little things in their daily lives whereas they’d normally struggle to do so. A combination of images, sounds, or words would
appear on the screens of smart watches, smartphones, or tablets.

“Our experience is that it takes time to set the systems up and that using them can sometimes be difficult,” Øystein Dale, an author of the study, said in the press release. “But we can also claim that these are aids that can be of benefit to these groups.”

There are a few downsides to this “technology treatment.” For example, having to juggle a watch, iPhone, and tablet might contribute more to kids feeling overwhelmed and
scattered than anything else. And imagine how hard it is for non-ADHD children to put down their iPhones; these gadgets might also be a source of distraction more so than
focus and calm. But perhaps that’s where more research is needed; four participants in the study isn’t enough to fully grasp the effects of these technologies. If researchers find a way to tweak the process, it could greatly improve quality of life for children with ADHD.

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